The NTSB has just released the year’s list of its most wanted safety improvements. Many of these ten recommendations apply to various modes of transport, but some – such as the suggestion to introduce child safety belts or restraint systems for children under the age of two – are aviation-specific.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has just released its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, ten recommendations that are intended to improve the overall safety of America’s aviation industry.
As Paddle Your Own Kanoo notes, the release of this year’s list was somewhat tardy due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, but despite this, the NTSB writes that these recommendations serve as, “…our road map from lessons learned to lives saved. We urge lawmakers, industry, and every American to learn more about what they can do to implement and champion these critical safety improvements.”
The NTSB’s annual list examines improvements to be made across various modes of transport, including that undertaken via road, rail and sea. To this end, some suggestions – such as the elimination of distractions like cellphones, impairment due to drugs and alcohol and the reduction of fatigue-related incidents – can be applied to various forms of transport.
This year’s list, however, includes one very specific improvement for the aviation industry: the introduction of child safety systems or seat belts.
The NTSB writes in its recommendations that, “In commercial aviation, the FAA still exempts the most vulnerable passengers—children under age 2— from having to be secured in their own seat, allowing them to travel unrestrained on an adult’s lap. Our investigations have shown that children under age 2 are at risk of serious injury and death when they are not restrained by a child safety system and in their own seat.”
Speaking of the NTSB’s full list of recommendations, Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in a official statement that, “The 2019 – 2020 Most Wanted List advocates for 46 specific safety recommendations that can and should be implemented during these next two years. It also features broad, longstanding safety issues that still threaten the traveling public.”